Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mamuthones

Few days ago we tried a new local restaurant never tried before and I saw many canvasses which inspired this soft pastels painting of mine. I wanted to paint this subject for a very long time ago and finally I made it.
Mamuthones are popular masks in the Mamoiada Carnival: they are men who wear a wood black mask, a sheep woolly skin and several cow bells on their back, sometimes even mouflon or goat horns. Their origin is unknown and maybe they are much ancient: some scholars say they are to celebrate the victories against Saracenic invaders, others say they were a kind of ritual against demons and evil, some others affirm they were to celebrate seasons.
Here is my painting.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Near The Bastione 1

Tonight I made few improvements to the painting I post of yesterday: softer colors for the sky and the shadows and ink pen in stead of the 2B pencil. I believe it is a little better, not much though.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Near The Bastione

Today I worked on another building painting which shows a villa very close to the Bastione of the previous post. I shot the picture from down below.
It is very interesting the perspective, how the light plays every where on the ornamental stuccos  and especially on those two statues.
The goals in this painting had been the study on a technique I'm studying on a book these days, a kind of line and wash, with a 2B graphite pencil. I believe there will follow another drawing of the same subject, maybe a graphite pencils study.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bastione

This is my latest graphite drawing.
It shows the look from a window on a building on the back of the Bastione of Saint Remy.
An old lady descends the street with a shopping bag on one hand and a walking stick on the other, in the central section a kind of palm tree called trachicarpus.
Old buildings such as these are magnets for my eyes and very often I keep staring while thinking how I could paint them.
The kind of paper I drew on and the graphite marks make this drawing look a little like those old photographs well known in my town.
The uncompleted and fading in the distance effect are what I like the most.
Interesting perspective study.
I used H, HB, B, 2B and 3B pencils.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sketch Time 8

3 other exercises in my moleskine: a customer I met one week ago, a young girl thanking forse letting her cross the road and a light study.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sketch Time 7

Two other exercises join my moleskine. The first is an old lady I noticed this morning at a cafe and the other is inspired by a scene I saw yesterday morning while going to work.

Sketch Time 6

Another random sketch completed just now.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Venus

In the end the painting itself decided to be painted by soft pastels, I was just there knowing nothing at all of the developing painting process as I'm used to do. This is the outcome.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Naked and Water Study

Tonight I worked a little on a better study on a sketch I posted few days ago. The goal lately, inspired by an art book I'm studying on these days, has been to obtain a complete drawing with less lines in stead of my usual drawings which tend to be much more colorful. So this is the outcome drew only with an HB graphite pencils on light blue cardboard. Quite interesting the perspective (legs bigger and shoulders smaller) and the shadows too. The angle of her face makes her look a bit like a skull gives me some strange feeling and puts my imagination at work.
I think the study will evolve in a little bit more graphite darkening and white chalk or even soft pastels. Not sure though.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sketch Time 5

This one is inspired by a cute bartender in whose bar I use to have my second breakfast. Drawn by memory.